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SBD Global/November 1, 2012/People and Pop Culture

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Former Aviva Premiership Sale Sharks Dir of Rugby BRYAN REDPATH has "accepted the position of head coach" of the club. Redpath was considering an offer to become the backs coach Tuesday after "being removed from his more powerful position following a dreadful start" to the Premiership season. Redpath appears to have "negotiated a less dramatic move and will be expected to be involved with the team" on Friday when it faces London Irish at Salford City Stadium. Redpath has been replaced as director of rugby by former Sale Sharks CEO STEVE DIAMOND (LONDON TIMES, 10/31). ... German football legend FRANZ BECKENBAUER "has been reassigned inside FIFA." Beckenbauer, who was in charge of Task Force 2014, "will join FIFA's Standing Football Committee." The committee deals with general issues in football but primarily with its structure as well as relations between clubs, leagues, members, confederations and FIFA (SPIEGEL.de, 10/30).

BERG TO BLACKBURN: Former Blackburn defender HENNING BERG is set to sign a three-year deal to become the club's new manager." The imminent arrival of the 43-year-old, "who has six years of managerial experience in his native Norway," ends the search for STEVE KEAN's successor. Berg, who is expected to be introduced on Thursday, will take charge with Blackburn fifth in the Championship (BBC.com, 10/31). The PA reported the Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 Sporten claimed that Berg was offered the Ewood Park post following a successful interview on Monday. Norwegian Aalesunds FK coach KJETIL REKDAL told TV 2 Sporten that "he expects his former Norway teammate to be a success and welcomed the news as a boost to Norwegian football, with STALE SOLBAKKEN already employed" at EPL side Wolverhampton Wanderers (PA, 10/31).

MANAGERS: Brasileiro B club América-MG has fired Coach MAURO FERNANDES after the team's home loss to ASA (GAZETA, 10/31)

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